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Nadja Tiktinsky - Bookseller in Manchester

Children's books are what I like best and read most, but I'll throw the occasional adult novel into the mix! I have an MFA in Children's Literature and teach high school English and creative writing in addition to working as a Northshire bookseller.

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson - Book Review

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780142415528
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Published: Puffin Books - January 7th, 2010

A slice-of-life novel-in-verse. Eleven-year-old Lonnie's parents died when he was seven, and his little sister was adopted by a woman who didn't want to "deal" with a boy. Now, he's living in a foster home, getting by on once-in-a-while visits with his sister, and searching for something to hope for. This book is electric in its stagnancy. You want so badly for more to be happening for Lonnie that you're just as on-edge as you would be reading a thriller. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780593173978
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2020

As if Sandra Cisneros wrote a kid's book set in small-town Jamaica. The sense of place is so deep that the protagonist's neighborhood feels like its own character, and the plot is driven not by individuals' actions but by the community as a whole. Truly excellent writing. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Alone in the Woods by Rebecca Behrens - Book Review

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$7.99
ISBN: 9781728231013
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

In this book, the classic plot structure of two estranged best friends beginning to repair their relationship is complicated by a wilderness survival setting. Lost in the Wisconsin woods, Jocelyn and Alex are forced to work together, even though they've lost trust in each other after their falling-out. I like that Behrens leans into the ick factor of the outdoors to amp up tension and lets her meticulously-rendered setting drive the plot. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


I'm Not Missing: A Novel by Carrie Fountain - Book Review

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$10.99
ISBN: 9781250132536
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 2nd, 2019

Fountain is one of my all-time favorite poets (she was the 2019 poet laureate of Texas!) so I was eager to read her debut novel. The plot of this book isn't anything you haven't read before, but that's beside the point. The craft is extraordinary, especially the detail-work. This is what Fountain does best, in her poetry as well as her prose: she takes something pedestrian and pays excruciating attention to it, pinning down an image and focusing in closer and closer until it twists away from her and transforms. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell - Book Review

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By Katherine Rundell, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442490598
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

This book is the epitome of that elusive British storytelling voice - the one that makes realistic fiction feel so ethereal and mysterious that it reads like fantasy. And the plot itself certainly furthers that feeling: a mother-hunting expedition, children who live in trees, women playing the cello on Parisian rooftops, and a pigeon-eating boy on the run from an orphanage. Rooftoppers will bewitch you. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


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